Denver has a love affair with craft beer.
More than 200 breweries call the Mile High City home and, every fall, Denver plays host to the Great American Beer Festival — which, last year, sold out in just over an hour. A hotel with an in-house brewery is on the horizon in the up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Heck, great beer is so much a part of Denver’s DNA that even Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has deep roots in the industry.
(Before Hickenlooper delved into politics, he was an early brewpub pioneer, opening up Wynkoop Brewery — which has a great wrap-around patio in downtown and is worth a visit before a Rockies game).
Different Ways to Enjoy Beer in Denver
When you visit Denver, ordering up flights of local beers and taking tours of breweries are par for the visitor course. But, if you love beer so much you want to bathe in its hops (literally), here’s 7 unique ways to say “beer me” in Denver and its surrounding beer-centric cities.
Enjoy beer for dessert: Satiate your sweet tooth and your beer belly at the same time. New Belgium has teamed with Ben & Jerry’s for a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale that will hit shelves and taps in fall 2016. To sweeten the deal, the do-good companies are donating some of that dough to charity, with $50,000 going to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit that raises awareness about climate change.
Last year, the beer-and-ice cream dream team brewed up a Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.
Soak your feet in an amber ale: Your feet work hard. They deserve a beer. Let them double fist, err, double feet at The Spa At Four Seasons, which has an Amber Ale Foot Soak on the spa menu. The foot bath is filled with fresh beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery’s Amber Ale batch and the scrub is made from crushed barley and malt.
Sounds refreshing, yes? Turns out there are therapeutic benefits as well: The yeast from the beer bath has a cleansing effect and can combat any funky fungal mishaps your feet might be facing. The scrub also boosts circulation, removes excess skin and a hop oil foot rub smooths out your feet. (And, yes, you and your face get a beer with the massage, too). Oh, and if you thought warm beer was a bad thing, you'll reconsider after a visit to the spa. Also on the service menus is a beer-inspired hot stone massage that incorporates cans of Crazy Mountain Brew warmed up to melt away stress.
Or get a beer manicure: This treatment puts the man in manicure. The Spa at Four Seasons in Denver offers an "Ales and Nails" for well-groomed males (though, ladies can get it, too!) The treatment comes with a pint of locally brewed Tivoli beer to drink and a whirlpool soak and exfoliation. Therapists repair your cuticles and trim and buff your nails. The treatment is finished with a massage incorporating Warrior Oil, an herbal blend made in Loveland, Colorado that will infuse your hands and feet with moisture. This treatment is available at the spa April through Aug. 31.
Try a 'Hoppy Yogi' class: Both the beer and the vinyasa are flowing at downtown breweries, connecting yogis, and craft beer connoisseurs, populations we suspect already overlap some.
Breweries, because of their wide-open spaces, can double as the perfect studio for yoga classes. (And who doesn’t love a post-workout beer that you can pretty much crawl to after being in downward dog?) Check out Hoppy Yogis with CorePower Yoga as they set up their mats at Great Divide Brewery. Afterwards, enjoy a Denver Pale Ale, which introduces itself to your taste buds with big pine and citrus notes.
Play with your beer: What’s better than a runner’s high? How about chasing a cold beer? Denverites take their fitness just as seriously as they take their craft beer. The two pastimes collide at brew runs and beer Olympics. (Think: Keg haul relays and running with water-filled growlers). Check out Rocky Mountain Brew Runs for beer-themed races and games in Denver and around the rest of the state
Bathe in beer: On second thought, getting your mouth washed out with soap doesn’t sound too bad after all. Colorado-based Tellicherry Trading Co sells a handmade bar soap that is made with Avery Brewing Company’s White Rascal Beer and cardamom seeds. You can buy the soaps online or at local festivals and fairs like Mo' Betta Green MarketPlace and The Big Wonderful.
Eat your beer with a spoon: Scream for beer ice cream. A Lafayette, Colorado-based company, Brew Moo'd, is fusing ice cream with beer from local breweries for some spiked sweet treats. The latest boozy concoction: Cookies and Cream infused with Avery Brewing Company’s Ellie’s Brown Ale or a lemon-flavored shandy sherbert.